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them of the votes in each box, which accorded with my own account, and my statement of the vote for Congressman was certified by them to be correct.
Q. Who received a majority of the votes cast for Congressman in your ward !-A. To the best of my recollection, R. L. Gibson's majority over L. A. Sheldon was about 40 votes.
Q. Did you make any certified copy of your returns to Mr. Woolfley or to Mr. John Lynch, or to any member of the Lynch board, of the returns for Congressman from the Thirteenth ward !-A. I did not.
Q. To whom did you make your returns ?-A. To Mr. Blanchard, State supervisor of registration.
J. S. BEERS, Assistant Supervisor Registration, Thirteenth Ward. EMILE HILBORN, being sworn by Judge E. North Cullom, says:
Question. What was your position duriug the election beld Norember 4, 18721-Auswer. I was State supervisor of registration in the Third ward, parish of Orleans.
Q. Did you or not furnish any certified copy or copies of returns in your ward of the vote for Congressman to Mr. Woolfey, United States supervisor of election, or to Mr. John Lynch, or to the returning board of which he was a member, or to any person whatever I-A. I did not farnish any copy or certified copy to Mr. Woolfey, or to Mr. Jobb Lynch, or to any member of Lynch board, or to any person whatever, of the vote in my ward for the candidates for Congressmen-L. A. Sheldon, R. L. Gibson.
Q. To wbom did you make your returus ?-A. To the State supervisor of registration.
Q. Mr. B. R. Forman, of tbe State returning board, has declared in his testimony that the vote in the Third ward for Congressman, as com. piled by the board of which he was a member, stood as follows: R. L. Gibson received 2,886 votes ; L. A. Sheldon received 1,904 votes.-A. I do not now recollect precisely how the vote stood, but I think that statement is nearly correct. It was a matter of record, and I have not charged my memory with the figures.
Q. Did the United States supervisors sign your returns made to the State supervisor by you as being correct 1-A. They did in every instance, both liberal, democrats, and republican United States supervisors.
EMILE HILBORN. HENRY C. BROWN, being sworn by Judge E. North Cullom, says:
Question. Please state what your position was during the election held November 4, 1872.—Answer. I was State supervisor of registration in the Eleventh ward, parish of Orleans.
Q. Do you know how the vote stood in your ward for Congressman !A. R. L. Gibson, 1,766 votes; L. A. Sheldon, 999 votes.
Q. Was the count, or the returns, of your ward made in the presence of the United States supervisors ?-A. Yes.
Q. Did their count and yours tally ?-A. Yes; they kept tally with me; whenever there was any disagreement with them we corrected the same by recounting the votes.
Q. Did you ever furnish to Mr. Woolfles, or to Mr. John Lynch, or to tbe board of which he was a member, or to any member of the Lynch board, a certified copy of your returns from the Eleventh ward for Con. g:essman 1-A. I did not.
H. C. BROWN.
NEW ORLEANS, LA., February 13, 1874. General R. L. GIBSON,
No.5 Carondelet Street : SIR : Please to take notice that in pursuance of the acts of Congress ju relation to contested elections, in the matter of your contest with General L. A. Sheldon, General Sheldon, through the undersigned, authorized attorney, designates and selects the Hon. A. G. Brice, mayor of Carrollton, to officiate with Hon. E. North Cullom, judge of fifth district court, parish of Orleans, (named by you in certain pretended notice,] in the taking of depositions and examination of witnesses, in said contested election case, tixed by you in your pretended notice for February 16, 1874, at No. 5 Carondelet street, in the city of New Orleans. Respectfully, your obedient servant,
ZUINGLIUS M. KAY, Attorney for Hon. L. A. Sheldon, Contestee.
CARROLLTON, LA., February 16, 1874. General RANDALL R. GIBSON :
DEAR SIR: On account of severe sickness, it is absolutely impossible for me to be present at the examination fixed for to-day, in relation to your contest with General L. A. Sheldon, the sitting member, Fortythird Congress, who is represented by me as his attorney, and I do hereby authorize Judge Don A. Pardee to represent me in my capacity as attorney of General Sheldon. Yours respectfulls,
2. M. KAY, Attorney for L. A. Sheldon.
STATE OF LOUISIANA,
Parish of Orleans. I do solemnly swear that I will well and accurately report the evidence taken in the matter of the coutested election wherein Randall L. Gibson is contestant & L. A. Sheldon is the sitting member, for the second congressional district of the State of Louisiana : so help me God.
E. N. CULLOM, JR. Sworn to and subscribed before me, the undersigned authority, this 14th day of March, A. D. 1874, at No. 5 Carondelet street, New Orleans, at the hour of 11 o'clock a. m.
E. NORTH CULLOM,
Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, MEDICAL DEPARTMENT,
New Orleans, April 20, 1874. I, T. G. Richardson, practising pbysician, depose and say that R. L. Gibson, of New Orleans, was taken sick with rheumatic gout on or about the 17th day of January, 1874, and confined to his house until the 2nd day of February; and was again attacked with the same disease and was confined to the house from February 12 until February 25, 1874, and was unable to attend to any business requiring absence from his domicile.
T. C. RICHARDSON, M. D.,
Medical Faculty of the University of Louisiana. Sworn to and subscribed before me this 20th day of April, A. D. 1874.
E. NORTH CULLOM, Judge Fifth District Court, Parish of Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS, April 20, 1874. I hereby certify that the inclosed and accompanying depositions, questions, and answers, notices, answers of the contesting parties, letters, protests, objections, election-returns, certificates, estimates, and proceedings are true and correct in each and every particular, and that they contain each and every document and evidentiary matter produced and admitted in evidence, in the matter of the contested election wherein R. L. Gibson, esq., is contestant, and L. A. Sheldon, esq., is sitting member of Congress from the second congressional district of Louisiana, taken pursuant to authority vested in me. I further certify that no other evidence was offered in said investigation.
Given under my hand and seal of office, date above written. |SEAL.
E. NORTH CULLOM, Judge Fifth District Court for the Parish of Orleans.
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BRANCH MINT AT SAINT LOUIS.
THE LEGISLATURE OF MISSOURI,
The establishment of a branch mint in the city of Saint Louis.
FEBRUARY 19, 1875.-Referred to the Committee on Coinage, Weights and Measures
and ordered to be printed.
Joint and concurrent resolution of instruction to our Senators and Representatives in Congress, relative to the establishment of a branch mint in Saint Louis.
Resolved by the house of sepresentatives, (the senate concurring therein,) That our Senators be instructed, and our Representatives in Congress respectfully requested, to give their support to, and urge by all honor. able means upon their respective bodies, the propriety of establishing a branch mint in the city of Saint Louis, as being the most eligible location named, in a commercial point of view.
The secretary of state is directed to transmit to each of our Senators and Representatives in Congress, at Washington City, a copy of this concurrent resolution.
Approved February 13, 1875.
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE, City of Jefferson, Mo. :
I, Michael K. McGrath, secretary of state of the State of Missouri, do hereby certify that the annexed pages contain a true, complete, and full copy of a joint and concurrent resolution of the general assembly of the State of Missouri, entitled “ Joint and concurrent resolution of instruction to our Senators and Representatives in Congress, relative to the establishment of a branch mint in Saint Louis," approved February 13, 1875, as appears by comparing the same with the original of said resolution now on file, as the law directs, in this office,
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my official seal. Done at office, this 13th day of February, A. D. 1875. (SEAL.]
MICH. K. MCGRATH,
Secretary of State.